the speed wave machine

Steven Shaviro, Post Continuity (via the Mumpsimus): “In post-continuity films, unlike classical ones, continuity rules are used opportunistically and occasionally, rather than structurally and pervasively. Narrative is not abandoned, but it is articulated in a space and time that are no longer classical. … We need to develop new ways of thinking about the formal strategies, as well as the semantic contents, of all these varieties of post-continuity films.”

Sumit Paul-Choudhury, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: “Primer’s appeal lies in its uncompromising refusal to make things easy for its viewers, whose initial confidence that they know what’s going on gradually gives way to confusion and ultimately to hopeless perplexity. (In that, their experience mimics that of its protagonists.) The narrative, which  is episodic and staccato to begin with, gradually becomes more disjointed, leaving both actors and audience to piece together the course of events from the disordered glimpses they observe.” [My italics.]

Photo of the Speed Wave attraction, Flamingo Amusement Park, Hastings: copyright Cath Phillips.


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3 responses to “the speed wave machine

  1. Interesting how the terms and topics above recall Arnauti on the “dreaming book,” Pursewarden on the “n-dimensional novel,” and Burroughs’ 1962 address.

  2. Gareth

    Excellent. Ordered Primer a couple of days ago as I have finally got round to tackling your ‘some good’ science fiction and fantasy lists (3 years late, I know). Looking forward to rereading Light and Nova Swing (before Empty Space comes out) with Rogue Moon, Roadside Picnic, Timescape, A Spaceship Built of Stone (etc) swishing around in my head. You’ve introduced me to whole new world of thinking – thanks!

  3. uzwi

    My pleasure, Gareth. Enjoy.